Senate Passes BIDEN's Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act
Badge Honors Exceptional Acts of Bravery in the Line of Duty
The Senate passed U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.'s (D-DE) Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act (S.2565). This bipartisan legislation establishes for the first time two awards: one to honor federal law enforcement officers and a second to honor state and local law enforcement officers who perform exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty.
"These courageous officers fight the good fight each and every day, often putting their lives on the line," said Sen. Biden, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. "Our federal, state and local law enforcement officers are hometown heroes who protect and serve our nation, and we should be recognizing those who go above and beyond to keep our communities safe."
The Badge of Bravery Act would honor both federal law enforcement and state and local law enforcement officers who have performed an exceptional act of bravery while in the line of duty and are injured or risked serious physical injury or death as a result. Officers would be nominated each year by their law enforcement agency, and the bill would establish one federal and one state board of review to process nominations and select the final award recipients. Each honoree would receive a badge presented to them by the Attorney General or the member of Congress for the honoree's congressional district.
"The President awards the Purple Heart for military personnel wounded or killed during armed service, and most state and local police departments have commendations or medals recognizing officers injured in the line of duty," said Sen. Biden. "And I'm proud that we will now have a Congressional award to honor our federal, state and local officers."
"I know I speak on behalf of the entire Delaware Law Enforcement Community when I extend my sincere thanks to Senator Biden and the entire Senate for stepping to the plate for law enforcement officers in this great nation," said New Castle City Chief Kevin McDerby. "The Badge of Bravery will be worn by the heroes on the home front who have gone beyond their normal call to duty in protecting our unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'"
Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and John Sununu (R-NH) are original co-sponsors of this bi-partisan bill. The Badge of Bravery Act is also supported by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.